The Cockeyed Optimist

Writer at heart, subeditor by profession, procrastinator at large.
Looking at the world, one eye at a time.

rubdown:

The ground-breaking metamorphosis scene in the Michael Jackson short film ‘Black or White’ released in 1991

NOT TO BE WHITE BUT I WAS 3 YEARS OLD WHEN I SAW THIS VIDEO FOR THE FIRST TIME. I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER, PERHAPS NOT FULLY INTELLECTUALLY UNDERSTANDING, BUT RATHER SORT OF SEEING THE IMAGES OF THESE PEOPLE AND HAVING THE FEELING LIKE “WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS, WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL, RACISM IS EVIL” JUST COURSE THROUGH MY WHITE ASS TODDLER SOUL, AND IT’S A FEELING I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN. THANK YOU 1991 MICHAEL JACKSON FOR TEACHING ME THIS AT SUCH AN EARLY AGE.

(Source: -intheround, via lethifolds)

Literary and other lists are popular because they are so often entirely arbitrary—the 10 greatest this, the 50 most unique that, the eight whomever you should watch for—all determinations made by one cultural critic or another, or the vague entity of staff. When these lists are published, we get to read, consider, dissect, and frantically comment about how we agree or disagree. We get to share how we might recompose the lists more appropriately. It’s a lot of fun.

—Read the rest at Slate. (via roxanegay)

vqreview:

Fernando Botero, a Colombian artist, paints the graphic scenes of the abuses faced by the prisoners at Abu Ghraib when the US Army was in control. VQR published an article in the Winter 2008 Issue that explores Botero’s intentions when he painted the series based off the photographs taken at the prison. 
http://www.vqronline.org/vqr-gallery/botero%E2%80%99s-abu-ghraib

vqreview:

Fernando Botero, a Colombian artist, paints the graphic scenes of the abuses faced by the prisoners at Abu Ghraib when the US Army was in control. VQR published an article in the Winter 2008 Issue that explores Botero’s intentions when he painted the series based off the photographs taken at the prison.

http://www.vqronline.org/vqr-gallery/botero%E2%80%99s-abu-ghraib

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.

—Hugh Laurie (via moaka)

(Source: silkandmarble, via sisterofdusk)